Family members wonder if drowning victim jumped boat into Lake Michigan

A Milwaukee family mourns the loss of a man who drowned in Lake Michigan on Tuesday night, even as they grapple with questions about what happened. Family members identified the victim as Martez Holmes, 32, of Milwaukee. A relative said he was with friends on a pontoon boat to watch fireworks when he entered the water in the lagoon at Lakeshore State Park, which is adjacent to the Summerfest grounds. A search with police and firefighters turned up empty in the dark. The search resumed Wednesday morning. Holmes’ mother, Sehornia Holmes, gathered with other relatives from 6 a.m., waiting for dive teams to resume their search. She told WISN 12 News that she couldn’t get straight answers about what happened. “I don’t know. I just want my baby. They say he took his shoes off and jumped in them. That’s what I heard,” she said. Milwaukee police only say he was with several people when they decided to go swimming, and one of them started struggling and didn’t surface. Divers found his body shortly after 10 a.m., not far from where he allegedly jumped. Holmes’ mother, meanwhile, said they wanted answers, questioning reports that he would simply decide to jump into the lake. “I don’t think he would do that,” she said. “I can’t even imagine him doing that, because he can’t swim.” Milwaukee police would not release further details of their investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday at the Milwaukee medical examiner’s office. No one else would have been hurt.

A Milwaukee family mourns the loss of a man who drowned in Lake Michigan on Tuesday night, even as they grapple with questions about what happened.

Family members identified the victim as Martez Holmes, 32, of Milwaukee.

A relative said he was with friends on a pontoon boat to watch fireworks when he entered the water in the lagoon at Lakeshore State Park, which is adjacent to the Summerfest grounds.

A search with police and firefighters turned up empty in the dark. The search resumed Wednesday morning.

Holmes’ mother, Sehornia Holmes, gathered with other relatives from 6 a.m., waiting for dive teams to resume their search.

She told WISN 12 News that she couldn’t get straight answers about what happened.

“I don’t know. I just want my baby. They say he took his shoes off and jumped in them. That’s what I heard,” she said.

Milwaukee police only say he was with several people when they decided to go swimming, and one of them started struggling and didn’t surface.

Divers found his body shortly after 10 a.m., not far from where he allegedly jumped.

Holmes’ mother, meanwhile, said she wanted answers, questioning reports that he would simply decide to jump into the lake.

“I don’t think he would do that,” she said. “I can’t even imagine him doing that, because he can’t swim.”

Milwaukee police would not release further details of their investigation.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday at the Milwaukee medical examiner’s office.

No one else would have been hurt.

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